Written by Foxtrot/Sierra mate, Emily Graf
July 12, 2017
Today, we woke up at Little Harbour, Peter Island and it was a sight for sore eyes what a beautiful, clear day it was. We enjoyed our breakfast in the comfort of our cockpit and headed out on a sail across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Long Bay, Beef Island. Our crews are near experts when sailing upwind now. We anchored without any hesitation at Long Bay and made some much needed lunch. We then decorated a boat team flag and got ready to head to the beach for some friendly competition against the Foxtrot and Sierra fleets, because today was our Olympics games! We were exited to say the least. Our flags were obviously the best around and marine biology themed appropriately — Hully Gully‘s cool octopus and Paso Doble‘s sweet fish.
When we arrived onshore, the Olympics commences. We started with a dizzy fender relay race, followed by tug-a-war, and then a trash art event where the students buried their captains in the sand and decorated them with trash to cleaned up from the beloved beach.
After the Olympics concluded, we were joined by local kids from the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP BVI) to play games, swim, tube, wakeboard, kayak, stand up paddleboard, and sail small boats. We had a ton of fun and played on the beach all afternoon!
After the sun started its downward dip, we worked up an appetite at the perfect time as a beach BBQ was being prepared for us by the office and operations staff members. After a long day on the beach, we slowly headed back to our boats, taking our last boat showers during sunset. We all took the crew written tests and across the board, everyone passed! Then, after boat meeting and enjoying some late night cookie snacks, we headed to bed completely exhausted and giddy about the day we just had.
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.